Welcome to the 2022 GromSearch Series
Searching the Planet for the Ultimate Groms
3 divisions. 4 age groups. 4 National Champions. Who will be crowned this season?

The Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Banzai Bowls is back for its 22nd season!

The Rip Curl GromSearch returns for its 22nd Season this June, and yet again, we have an action-packed schedule with regional qualifying stops in California, Hawaii and Florida. In a very exciting new edition to this year’s GromSearch Series, Rip Curl has aligned with Kelly Slater Wave Co. to present “Race to the Ranch”, the site of this year’s National Final where we will crown our North American GromSearch Champions in December!

All four division winners (16 & under boys, 16 & under girls, 14 & under boys, and 12 & under boys) from each regional qualifying event, will be making their way to Lemoore, CA to compete for a chance to claim the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final Crown.

The 2022 GromSearch season would not be possible without the tremendous support of its amazing sponsors. Special thanks to Banzai Bowls, Flexfit, YETI, Sun Bum, GoPro, FCS, Lost Surfboards, Oakley, Softech Surfboards and Wahoos!

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What is GromSearch?

Currently in its 22nd year running, the Rip Curl GromSearch series has been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport

Former International GromSearch competitors who are currently competing on the WSL Championship Tour include 2x World Champion Gabriel Medina, Owen Wright, , Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Mason Ho, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, 2x World Champion Tyler Wright, Malia Manuel, and Tatiana Weston-Webb... and that’s just to name a few!

The GromSearch series gives kids 16-and-under the opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country – and eventually, the world.

A global surf series, the winners of each regional National Final will be invited to compete in the GromSearch International Final, held in a different country each year.

This format not only provides these groms an insight into a life of competitive surfing but also gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves around the world.

All events feature priority, live scoring and four person heats.


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2022 Season - Presented by Banzai Bowls
Qualifier Location Dates
West Coast Huntington Beach Pier, California June 18 - 19
Hawaii Kewalos, Oahu, Hawaii July 16 - 17
East Coast New Smyrna Beach Inlet, Florida August 13 - 14
National Final Surf Ranch, Lemoore, California December 17


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